A “kind and loving” 15-year-old boy has died in “unexplained” circumstances with his body found near railway lines in south-west London, police have said.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses in their investigation into the tragic death of teenager Alfie Lawton, though the case is not being treated as suspicious.
The Met Police said officers were called at just before 7pm on Monday, February 8, to reports of an unresponsive male found in Green Lane Recreation Ground, New Malden.
Officers attended, and despite the best efforts of the members of the public who found him and the London Ambulance Service, Alfie was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.
Alfie’s death is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, and a post mortem is currently being scheduled, police said.
His next of kin have been informed, with his parents named locally as Joe and Sarah Lawton.
A friend of the family has said they are suffering “unimaginable pain”.
An online appeal to help cover funeral expenses, set up by Terry Anderson has already raised £8,000 in 24 hours.
Terry wrote on the GoFundMe site: “Those of you who know Josh and Sarah Lawton will probably have heard their heartbreaking news that their 15-year-old boy suddenly passed away on Monday afternoon.
“For me, and for others I am sure, the news hit like a dump truck.
“Old friends of mine suffering an unimaginable pain.
“Alfie was kind, loving and full of life. His only downfall was that he hogged the bathroom too much.”
Debra O’Dowd commented: “We’ve never felt so much pain. Life will never be the same without you Alfie but you’ll always be forever in our thoughts. We love you so much and will miss you. Love from Nan and Steve.”
Lily Pierce added: “He really was the most amazing boy ever. You should be so proud of how you raised him.”
The Met’s South West Local Investigations team are leading the investigation.
Enquiries are ongoing into the tragedy.
Police are urging anyone who was in or around Green Lane Recreation Ground on the same evening to get in touch.
Anyone who may have spoken with Alfie in the days before his death are also urged to speak to police.